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Near Hayward in Sawyer County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Namekagon - Court Oreilles Portage

 
 
Namekagon - Court Oreilles Portage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 17, 2011
1. Namekagon - Court Oreilles Portage Marker
Inscription. Still visible here is the southeast terminus of the 2½ mile portage that linked the St. Croix and Chippewa River systems. Indians, explorers, missionaries and fur-traders all used this "carrying place" to move their birch bark canoes back and forth between the two great water routes connecting Lake Superior and the Mississippi. In 1784 Michel Cadotte established a fur-trading post at the northwest end of the portage to control the trade at this pivotal point. From such interior locations as Lac Court Oreilles the Chippewa Indians carried over here on their trips to the south and west to gather rice and berries and on their war excursions against the Sioux.

Erected 1956

 
Erected 1956 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 50.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 45° 56.072′ N, 91° 29.551′ W. Marker is near Hayward, Wisconsin, in Sawyer County. Marker is on State Highway 27 north of North Portage Terrace, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at a highway pull-off. Marker is in this post office area: Hayward WI 54843, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Namekagon - Court Oreilles Portage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 17, 2011
2. Namekagon - Court Oreilles Portage Marker
At least 4 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hayward and the "Big Mill" (approx. 5.2 miles away); St. Francis Solanus Indian Mission (approx. 6.1 miles away); Pierre Esprit Radisson and Medard Groseilliers (approx. 7.8 miles away); Court Oreilles (approx. 13.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Namekagon Portage. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on September 19, 2011.) 

2. St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Hiking. Namekagon-Lac Courte Oreilles Portage Trail. (Submitted on September 19, 2011.) 

3. Namekagon River Research. Native American Era. (Submitted on September 19, 2011.) 

4. American Local History Network. First explorers came seeking passage, furs. (Submitted on September 19, 2011.) 
 
Categories. ExplorationIndustry & CommerceNative AmericansWaterways & Vessels
 
Namekagon - Court Oreilles Portage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 17, 2011
3. Namekagon - Court Oreilles Portage Marker
Southeast Terminus of the Portage image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 17, 2011
4. Southeast Terminus of the Portage
Windigo Lake Simonson's Bay
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 375 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 19, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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